Goodmayes actor is ‘directed by Shakespeare himself’ in semi-improvised The Taming of the Shrew production

PUBLISHED: 16:20 11 October 2018 | UPDATED: 16:20 11 October 2018

Alec Benniet, who lives in Goodmayes, is set to perform in an adaption ofTaming of the Shrew. Photo: Camilla Greenwell

Alec Benniet, who lives in Goodmayes, is set to perform in an adaption ofTaming of the Shrew. Photo: Camilla Greenwell


A Goodmayes actor is looking forward to taking part in a unique performance of The Taming of the Shrew, where he is excited to be “directed by Shakespeare himself”.

Alec Bennie, of Green Lane, will be taking part in the battle of the sexes comedy at the Tristan Bates Theatre, in Covent Garden, as part of what is being described as acting in its “truest” form.

This will be the second time that Alec will be performing with the Shakes Scenes Shakespeare Theatre company, as he took to the stage with them in The Merchant of Venice last year.

The Queen Mary graduate doesn’t know what part he has yet to play - and won’t get to meet the actors he will sharing the stage with until just an hour before the curtain goes up on the opening night.

Alec, along with all the other actors - haven’t be given the entire script, and with only a few cue words they will have to rely on their listening skills so that they don’t mess up their lines.

He said that in particular the whole of the first performance the actors are on the edge of their seats just like the audience.

He said: “Shakespeare as a writer and an actor put the clues in the text. He was tells you what to do in the script.

“It’s exciting because you’re looking out for those clues and you end up being directed by Shakespeare himself.

“The person before you could be doing a massive speech, or just a few words, but you just really have to listen to make sure you don’t miss your lines.”

This acting style was the case in Tudor playhouses due to the limited supply and expense of paper.

The Taming of the Shrew opened at the Tristan Bates Theatre, in Covent Garden, on October 8 and runs until Saturday, October 13. For more information and to book tickets, go to:

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